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Boston shines as Massachusetts’ revolutionary capital, from Harvard to the Freedom Trail. 

One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston dates back to 1630 and was the site of many key battles during the American Revolution. Today, the city is home to more than 6 million people and is known for its quintessential Irish pubs, fanatical Boston Red sox fans and a relaxed, small-town vibe.

Boston has 21 neighborhoods. These include South Boston, popular with young professionals and families; trendy Jamaica Plain, which was gentrified in the early 2000s; wealthy Beacon Hill; and upscale Back Bay, where the city’s iconic brownstone buildings reign supreme. Nearby Fenway is home to Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox baseball team. The more modern Financial District, dense with skyscrapers, is where you’ll find the New England Aquarium. Make time to stroll through the Boston Common in the downtown area. It is the United States' oldest city park, dating from 1634. Take a ride on an iconic swan boat, paddle in the Frog Pond, or see the final resting places of revolutionary soldiers.

With its European-style street pattern, Boston can be a challenge for the uninitiated to navigate. The grid system typical of many American cities doesn’t exist here, but first-time visitors often enjoy getting lost on its narrow, winding streets. From the Boston Common meander through history along the famous Freedom Trail. This 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) course takes you past more than a dozen sites significant to the American Revolution, including Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution Museum. The trail brings you to Faneuil Hall, a marketplace studded with shops, eateries and galleries. Street performers are ever-present here and add to the rowdy atmosphere.

Boston’s cuisine is eclectic, revealing the influence of the many ethnic groups that moved to the city in the early 1900s. East Boston in particular was a magnet for immigrants from Italy, Guatemala, El Salvador and Brazil. You’ll find plates of rich Italian spaghetti and the popular pupusas, tortillas stuffed with meat and beans.

Despite the city’s twisting streets, Boston is relatively compact and easy to explore on foot. For longer journeys, take a bus or the subway, affectionately nicknamed “The T.” Boston’s public transport system is one of the best in the country.

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Where to stay in Boston

Downtown Boston showing a city and night scenes as well as a small group of people

Downtown Boston

4.5/5Wonderful!(186 area reviews)

Downtown Boston
Back Bay showing a city

Back Bay

4.5/5Wonderful!(264 area reviews)

Back Bay
Seaport District featuring a high-rise building, a river or creek and a city

Seaport District

4.5/5Wonderful!(63 area reviews)

Seaport District
Beacon Hill which includes landscape views

Beacon Hill

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Beacon Hill
East Boston showing sailing, a city and a river or creek

East Boston

4/5Very Good!(25 area reviews)

East Boston
Theatre District showing signage, cbd and street scenes

Theatre District

4/5Very Good!(25 area reviews)

Theatre District

Top Hotels in Boston

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Boston Park Plaza
Boston Park Plaza
4 out of 5
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston, MA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
CA $133
per night
Mar 11 - Mar 12

Located in Back Bay, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Newbury Street, Boston Public Garden and Boston Common. Copley Place and Hynes Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (6,770 reviews)

"I liked the lounge area and the atmosphere. It was relaxed and vibrant."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 21, 2020

Boston Park Plaza
Encore Boston Harbor
Encore Boston Harbor
5 out of 5
1 Broadway, Everett, MA
CA $197
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of The Freedom Trail, Boston Harbor and Museum of Science. TD Garden and Massachusetts ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (598 reviews)

"excellent property brilliant staff. however went with my son but was unable to use buffet facilities as in casino area !! which is unlike las vegas, therefore very limited restaurant choices for teenager"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 21, 2020

Encore Boston Harbor
Sheraton Boston, a Marriott Hotel
Sheraton Boston, a Marriott Hotel
4 out of 5
39 Dalton St, Boston, MA
CA $216
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Located in Back Bay, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Shops at Prudential Center, Hynes Convention Center, and Newbury Street. Copley Place and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,724 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel. Staff were friendly. However the queen size room was pretty small & lights were dim. We loved the pool but the water was cold. It should have been heated especially during the winter. Other than that everything else was great"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2020

Sheraton Boston, a Marriott Hotel

Popular things to do in Boston

Fenway Park
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Fenway Park

4.5/5(303 reviews)

Catch a game or take a tour at one of America’s most historic and beloved ballparks.

Harvard University
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Harvard University

4.5/5(272 reviews)

Walk in the footsteps of presidents and Nobel laureates at one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the United States.

Boston Common
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Boston Common

4.5/5(507 reviews)

The oldest public park in the United States has been the stage for centuries of drama. These days it’s the perfect place to unwind.

Boston Museum of Fine Arts
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Boston Museum of Fine Arts

4.5/5(124 reviews)

Explore treasures from ancient times to the masterpieces of tomorrow at this eclectic museum.

New England Aquarium
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New England Aquarium

4.5/5(150 reviews)

From sea lions to sharks, this modern aquarium on Boston’s waterfront brings the ocean world to your fingertips. 

Museum of Science
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Museum of Science

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Let your inner-geek run wild amid the hundreds of innovative, hands-on exhibits at this Boston museum.

Top activities in Boston

Go Boston All-Inclusive: 40+ Attractions & Tours on 1 Pass
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Go Boston All-Inclusive: 40+ Attractions & Tours on 1 Pass

76% of travellers recommend
CA $84
Per adult
Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

88% of travellers recommend
CA $68
Per adult
New England Aquarium Admission
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New England Aquarium Admission

84% of travellers recommend
CA $42
Per adult
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets
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Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Tickets

94% of travellers recommend
CA $40
Per adult
Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise
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Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise

94% of travellers recommend
CA $46
Per adult
The Original Paint Nite Boston by Yaymaker
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The Original Paint Nite Boston by Yaymaker

CA $36
Per adult

Reviews of Boston

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
384
5 - Excellent 63.681592039801%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 33.16749585406302%
3 - Okay
16
3 - Okay 2.6533996683250414%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.4975124378109453%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

Love Boston . Been many time . And will be back .

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 3, 2020

A charming city that has done a remarkable job of preserving its heritage while also embracing the future.

5/5 - Excellent

Oslo

Jan 30, 2020

Self parking is walking distance <5 min

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 23, 2020

Overall, Boston was fun! A little chilly, probably wouldn’t go back in January haha

5/5 - Excellent

Gungho

Jan 16, 2020

The staff at the Hotel Boston were very friendly, polite, helpful and accomodating. The Hotel Boston is well maintained and my room was clean. I enjoyed my stay there.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 4, 2020

Love this unique historic city

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